Thoughts on Florida-Georgia at the half

October, 31, 2009
10/31/09
5:43
PM ET
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

Here are some quick halftime thoughts from the Florida-Georgia game. The Gators lead 24-10:

Florida quarterback Tim Tebow looks like his old self, accounting for 216 of the Gators’ 246 yards. He’s playing his way right back into Heisman Trophy consideration.

For all of Georgia’s problems, the continuing penalty problems are right up there at the top. The frustrating thing for Georgia fans is this has been happening for the last couple of years. The Bulldogs have eight penalties for 84 yards at the break. That’s unacceptable, especially when you need every edge you can get in a game like this.

The Bulldogs’ tackling still doesn’t look as crisp as it needs to be, and the pass defense just isn’t very good.

Georgia quarterback Joe Cox had a stretch where he threw some nice passes, and his 26-yard touchdown toss to Aron White was a gem. But his protection broke down later in the half, and the Gators put a lot more pressure on him.

Tebow’s 23-yard touchdown run right before the end of the half was a great call against that defense. The Bulldogs had nobody in the middle of the field.

On that run, Tebow passed Herschel Walker as the all-time rushing touchdown leader in the SEC with 50.

The Gators have done a nice job of taking away Georgia receiver A.J. Green, who only had two catches in the first half.

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